Violent Exclusions: Locating Performances of Absent Bodies in International Law

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Creator: 

Barron, Michelle

Date: 

2016

Abstract: 

In response to UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and increased global access to subaquatic shipwreck sites by means of innovative deep-sea technologies, this thesis seeks to explore the shortcomings and implications of body regulation in international waters. By foregrounding historical colonial regulations of bodies across the middle passage, I survey contemporary changes in international oceanic laws and maritime archaeological practices used to evaluate wreck sites. Guided by scholars like Sarah Dromgoole, Timothy Darvill, Laurajane Smith, Craig Forrest, and Jean-Luc Nancy, I examine performative discourses around systems of valuing bodies and colonial narratives of commodification that these systems perpetuate. In an attempt to seek out counter-narratives, examining Chiharu Shiota’s work The Key in the Hand, Nick Cave’s “Sea Sick,” and the One Million Bones Project, provides insight into ways of dismantling the present-absent dichotomy perpetuated by protectionist initiatives like those of the 2001 UNESCO Convention.

Subject: 

Law
International Law and Relations
Literature - Caribbean

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Legal Studies

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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